The Community Life Committee and your fellow parishioners present a month-long series of interesting and fun activities. In times like these, it is good to have something to look forward to, to keep us sane, to connect us to our community. What interests you? Please join us! And bring a friend!

Please register in advance to help us plan for the right number of attendees. Some events have a limited number of participants. You can

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Calendar at a Glance

UUs View the News
Sunday, Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m.

Gotta Dance Broadway!
Mondays, Feb. 27 & March 6, 7- 8:30 p.m.

Conversation and Tea with Tina Khan
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Fuller Craft Museum: A Field Trip
Thursday, March 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sunday, March 5, Coffee Hour

Nashville: Altman’s Forgotten Masterpiece
Sunday, March 5, 5:30 p.m.

Make It and Take It: Crafting with Kate
Thursday, March 9, 1 p.m., following Minister’s Lunch

Make a Meal for Turning Point
Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m.

Quilts: The Blending of Art and Geometry
Sunday, March 12, at Coffee Hour

A Winter Walk at Nobscot
Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m.

Afternoon Musicale
Saturday, March 18, 3-5 p.m.
(Snow Date: Saturday, March 25)

Deep Listening Workshop
Sunday, March 19, 3-6 p.m.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Book Discussion
Thursday, March 23, 7:30.p.m.

Movement and Meditation
Tuesdays, April 4 & 11, 9:30 a.m.

But wait, there’s more! For “Charlie’s Playlist,” “Stephanie’s Pie,” and other handouts of fun ideas from the Winter Session Wake-Up Booth, click here.

UUs View the News
Sunday, Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m., Sunroom Min.4/Max. 12
Fake news. Alternative facts. How can we apply our 4th Principle—to affirm and promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning—when we are bombarded by news? Join host Matt Shear for an exploration of how UUs can more thoughtfully consume news.

Gotta Dance Broadway!
Mondays, Feb. 27 & Mar. 6, 7- 8:30 p.m. Vestry Min.4/Max. 30
Have you always wanted to dance like the Broadway stars, even if you have no experience? If you missed out on last spring’s flash-mob dance, here’s your chance to shake off some winter lethargy and dance your cares away with choreographer Elizabeth Russell-Skehan. Open to all ages, middle schoolers and up, guys and gals.

Conversation and Tea with Tina Khan
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., Stokey Library, Min. 8/Max. 30
Come get to know our neighbor Tina Khan, wife of the President of the Islamic Center, who has asked to come “just me as me.” In light of the increased pressures on Muslims, now is the time to strengthen the relationship between our two religious communities. Join us for casual conversation and refreshments.

Fuller Craft Museum: A Field Trip
Thursday, March 2, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Min. 4/Max. 12
Admission $10/Seniors $8
Do you know this gem of a museum in Brockton? Did you know that our own David Lang has exhibited there times many times? We’ll carpool from church and you can bring a brown bag lunch. On exhibit: Playa Made: The Jewelry of Burning Man, John Bisbee: Material Obsession (geometric sculpture using nails), Wooden Quilt Sculptures and more. : Come explore the “artistic expression that challenges the perception of craft, while honoring the achievements of the past.”

Nashville: Altman’s Forgotten Masterpiece — SORRY, SOLD OUT
Sunday, March 5, 5:30 p.m., Movie and dinner at Jim “Kit” Kitendaugh’s, Max. 12.
Less well known than M*A*S*H*, Robert Altman’s 1975 film Nashville interweaves the stories of 24 characters around the visit of a presidential candidate to Nashville—all against a country-music soundtrack. Join us for chili and cornbread, a viewing of the restored film, and a discussion led by Kit, a passionate fan of the film.

Sunday, March 5 at Coffee Hour
First Parish magician Henry Lewis will amaze and delight you. Sleight of hand, deceptive devices, legerdemain, conjuring … how does he do it? Kids welcome!

Make It and Take It: Crafting with Kate
Thursday, March 9, 1 p.m., after the Minister’s Lunch
Many religious traditions use prayer beads to pray and meditate. Kate Holland, crafter extraordinaire, will show you how to make your own set of beautiful prayer beads. Kate will also offer some suggestions on spiritual practices that the beads may be used for. Enjoy crafting in the good company of others and learn a little something new about a spiritual practice. Come see what you can create. (Please register so we can be prepared with materials.)

Make a Meal for Turning Point
Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m., Kitchen, Min. 4/Max. 10
Come help prepare a meal for the men at Turning Point, an emergency shelter in Framingham. Today, a small group of us will learn more about the shelter’s programs that First Parish supports as we cook together with a real sense of purpose.

Quilts: The Blending of Art and Geometry
Sunday, March 12, Coffee Hour, Sunroom
Quilters Kathie Cromwell, Ann Moses, and Betsy Athan will display some of their works. Find out about the creative process, how they got started, and why they quilt. Maybe you’ll discover a new craft for you.

Afternoon Musicale
March 18, 3- 5 p.m., Vestry
(Snow Date: March 25)
Come hear members of Sudbury Valley New Horizons Music ( strut their stuff in an afternoon edition of their popular Soirée Musicale series. Performers from novice to advanced will show off what they’ve been working on lately, in a variety of musical styles. Director Diane Muffitt says, “It’s never too late to make music!” Let this show inspire you to do the same.

Deep Listening Workshop
March 19, 3- 6 p.m., Stokey Library, Min.5/Max. 20
Learning to hold one another in a place of loving attention takes practice. Deep listening allows you to hear past the words to what is not being said. It tunes into intuitions, feelings, and emotions. No skill is more needed at this time or any time. Join the Rev. Stephanie May and Laurel Whitehouse to explore a new way of listening.

Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance, Book Discussion
Thursday, March 23, 7:30 p.m., Stokey Library, Min. 4/Max. 15
Dan Lewis will lead a discussion about the book that the New York Times described as a “tough love analysis of the poor who back Trump.” Want to borrow the book? A limited number of copies are available. Just ask when you sign up!

Movement and Meditation
Tuesdays, April 4 & 11, 9:30 a.m., Sunroom, Min. 4/Max. 8
Explore moving meditation with Suzanne Reitz. This inner-body-centered practice can bring you gently closer to your whole self. Beginning with centering meditation, we’ll explore somatic awareness, and then move into a short mindful-moving session. No previous movement experience necessary; just wear comfortable clothes!

A Spring Walk at Nobscot
Saturday, April 8, 9:30 a.m., Min. 4/Max. 12
Join avid trailblazer Chris Stix in an all-levels walk to one of the best viewpoints in the Western suburbs, Tippling Rock at Nobscot Scout reservation. On a clear day you can see downtown Boston, the Blue Hills, Mount Wachusett and Mount Monadnock. Carpool from the First Parish parking lot.